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Subj: Re: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 at 06:36:52 pm EST (Viewed 120 times)
Reply Subj: Re: This may not be popular but I'll say it anyway
Posted: Tue Feb 17, 2015 at 07:59:36 am EST (Viewed 12 times)

    Well now we're talking two completely different stories and two completely eras of the board. One is OMD an almost universally despised story.

    Another isn't really a story but rather 2-3 years worth of comics.

What I was driving at was that the defenders of OMD - fully aware that the story in itself was indefensible - used the tactic of declaring it a necessary evil and, like it or not, in that light of that BND should have been the immediate payoff. Brevoort had said at a convention even before OMD that Spider-Man only was working at 40 per cent of his potential when he was married, so it should have been easy for BND to be twice as good as the pre-OMD stories, right? But it plainly wasn't, and to demonstrate that it wasn't I referred to the view of BND in retrospect as voiced by a fair number of the fans who had defended OMD because it ended the marriage.(1) And I had to mention OMIT in order to show that the tactic to defend OMD by telling people to wait and see because everything would be satisfactorily explained in due course turned out to be a case of raising false hopes in an effort to, well, silence the critics. I think that if you find it hard to say that you like current Spider-Man because other fans will be vocal of their disapproval of post-OMD continuity, then I think it is only fair to speak of a pretty concerted effort to silence critics of OMD back then.

This is now seven years ago, so I'm a bit fuzzy about some details, and I was mainly speaking of the efforts of non-mods. But IIRC, there was a bit of a carrot-and-stick approach by the mods at the time in the name of combating "negativity". The carrot was the system of awarding points that you no doubt remember.

(1) I could also say that how the OMD changes "improved" Spider-Man becomes evident when you see how many of the fans of the new direction cheered when the "younger, better Peter Parker" was killed off to be replaced by a villain old enough to be his step-father. ;\-\)

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